“I’ve never had the support of political leadership, but I do very well as an average voter because I want to help any party,” Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said of the Business Journals. Number of new city initiatives. “They have general access to me; they can call me at my apartment during the day, on the weekends. We have city officials make house calls to them, to the neighborhood. The city is very responsive to constituents.”
For Feiner and Greenberg, businesses large and small, as well as professionals, are important as part of the constituency and the city’s economic engine.
“I’ve been driving around Central Avenue and a lot of small stores that were empty are now being replaced by smaller stores,” Feiner said. “We have exceptional services and I want people and businesses who come here to know that if they have a problem, they don’t have an answering machine or they want to be put on hold for an hour. We’re creating a culture in the city where we want people to feel like we’re responsive to their questions.
Feiner noted that Greenberg does not have a chamber of commerce, which he believes can be a valuable vehicle for lobbying on behalf of its business members and networking while fostering a sense of community among businesses. Therefore, he proposed to open such an organization and made an open invitation for a meeting.
“I was surprised Greenberg didn’t have a Chamber of Commerce for years. Maybe they tried it decades ago and it never worked,” Feiner said. “One of my goals for this year is to have a very active Chamber of Commerce. I posted an ad and now we have about 30 volunteers.
Feiner Chamber-Information It had its second organizational meeting on January 9.
“We try to find the businesses and I hope we can help local businesses survive, take advantage of programs that can help them,” Feiner said. “There could be tax breaks; there could be marketing efforts. We could try to get students with marketing skills to help with social media. Maybe we could create student opportunities to help students start their own businesses. You can’t survive as a small business if you don’t use e-commerce. Programs, meetings, social events.” We will have. We will organize street activities. We may have programs where residents can get discounts.
Feiner said most villages in Greenburgh have a chamber of commerce that serves the local community.
“The Rivertowns Chamber is great. The Sleepy Hollow-Tarytown Chamber is great,” Feiner said. “We look at what they’re doing and try to do the same for businesses in unincorporated Greenburgh.”
Feiner emphasized economic growth in the city in several ways, including Regeneron’s $1.8 billion expansion project, the opening of a new Superstore supermarket in a few weeks, a complete road study of planned improvements to Route 119, and new affordable housing as planned. Commencement of construction of residential and market rate housing projects.
“Greenberg has a lot of land that can be developed,” Feiner said. “You’ve got country clubs like Elmwood that are selling or living off the streets like Metropolis. You’ve got office space on Route 119 that could be redeveloped for mixed use. You’ve got Four Corners in Hartsdale that could be developed for mixed use. There’s a lot of potential development.”
Feiner envisions that some future multifamily developments may take the form of condos or condominiums rather than rental buildings. With that in mind, Greenberg worked with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Acks and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti last year to pass legislation that would allow Greenberg to assess condominiums and condominiums at residential building tax rates. Practice. Gov. Hochul signed the bill on December 23, which only applies to Greenberg. Condominiums and condominiums in Greenburgh will continue to be taxed at the business rate.
“If there is going to be growth, we want to make sure we can keep taxes as low as possible. This year we reduced the tax rate by 6%,” Feiner said. If we can get more revenue (from new developments) it will help all taxpayers.
This marks Democrat Feiner’s 32nd year as Greenberg Town Supervisor. He is the longest serving public executive in Westchester County. He previously served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators and got his start in politics at the age of 12 as a volunteer on Ogden Reed’s 1968 congressional campaign.
“The world is changing and we must be willing to adapt to the changing business climate,” Feiner said. “The location of Greenberg is amazing. We have been able to reduce tax rates but prices are rising. We have a triple-A bond rating, the highest rating. Not a fiscally challenged society.